USWNT Takes On China In World Cup Quarters

U.S. Women’s National Team Faces China Tonight In 2015 Women’s World Cup Quarters

 

The 2015 U.S. Women's National Team ready to take on Colombia

The U.S. Women’s National Team will face China tonight at 6:30 pmCST in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The game at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa will be televised nationally on Fox.

The winner of today’s US-China game will face the winner of today’s Germany-France game on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in the semifinals. In tomorrow’s other quarterfinals Australia faces Japan in Edmonton and England plays Canada in Vancouver.

Jill Ellis and the USWNT will be without Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday against China as they both picked up their second yellow cards of the tournament against Colombia and are serving one game suspensions. Morgan Brian is expected to get more playing time in place of Holiday, while players have thrown the names of Christen Press and Heather O’Reilly in to fill Rapinoe’s void. Personally, I’d love to see Lori Chalupny get a chance in the midfield even though she’s predominantly been used as a defender during her time with the USWNT.

A constant criticism of Jill Ellis’s squad this tournament has been the lack of scoring plays coming out of the midfield. Rapinoe and Holiday had been the two most consistent players thus far. Ellis’s 4-4-2 system has taken most of the criticism for not featuring a true central midfielder. While the U.S. shouldn’t look past China, it does appear to be lucky for them that Rapinoe and Holiday are missing this game and not the potential game against France or Germany.

The USWNT last played China in December of 2014 in the Brasilia International Tournament. The teams played to a 1-1 draw with Carli Lloyd scoring for the U.S. China and the United States played back-to-back games in April of 2014 with the U.S. winning 2-0 and 3-0. Lloyd scored two goals in the second game of that stretch.

Dating back to 2012, these two teams have played 8 times with the USWNT winning seven times prior to that last draw. In those 8 matches, the USWNT has outscored China 25-3. Of those 25 goals, Abby Wambach and Carli Loyd have each scored 5 times and Sydney Leroux has scored four.

The most important match between China and the USWNT occcured the last time the two met on the World Cup stage. In 1999, 90,185 people were on hand in Pasadena, California as Brandi Chastain’s successful penalty kick gave the USWNT it’s last World Cup title. The two St. Louisans on the USWNT, Lori Chalupny and Becky Sauerbrunn also had big moments against China. Chalupny scored the game-winning goal against China in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics. The U.S. would go on to beat Brazil 1-0 to take home the gold medal. Sauerbrunn captained the USWNT for the first time against the Chinese side in the 2013 Algave Cup.

 

Television viewership numbers have been high for the USWNT’s games during the tournament. An average of 4.7 million viewers watched the Round of 16 match against Colombia with viewership peaking at 6.4 million towards the end of the game. It became the most-watched soccer match ever on Fox Sports 1 and beat the average of 4.5 million that watched the USWNT take on Sweden in group play on Fox. Fox Sports 1 is in an estimated 85 million homes while an estimated 116.4 million homes have access to Fox. Fox estimates that the overall viewership for this Women’s World Cup is 79% higher than during the 2011 WWC. Those figures should be taken with a grain of salt, however, considering that ESPN had the rights to the 2011 tournament.

St. Louis has been the top market for viewership of the USWNT’s games in this World Cup. The Washington D.C. market ranks second.

While the U.S. games in the 2015 Women’s World Cup have been drawing exponentially better on tv compared to years past, there will always be idiots in the world and sometimes they expose themselves to the public. Sports Illustrated contributor Andy Benoit apparently is immature enough to still think that putting down women’s sports is cool. Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers explain the situation and what they think of Mr. Benoit.

 

In other USWNT news, Ali Krieger is in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. It’s the 2015 Body Issue.

Tune in to Fox tonight at 6:30 pm CST to watch the United States Women’s National Team take on China in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Beginning at 5:30 pm tonight, Ballpark Village is hosting a watch party on the Busch II infield. The game will be shown on the 24-foot outdoor screen while Fox Sports Midwest, Fox 2, Saint Louis FC, Soccer Master and the St. Louis Ambush will be providing giveaways, face painting and more.

International Tap House will also be hosting watch parties at their locations in Chesterfield, Central West End and Soulard featuring $3 pours of Civil Life brews. Amsterdam Tavern will be hosting the official watch party for the American Outlaws St. Louis Chapter.

One Nation. One Team.


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Guess The St. Louis Soccer Product – The Friday Vine

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Your Real Life chance to win something fun in St. Louis every month is here with #TheFridayVine contest. You’ll find out this month is soccer-themed as we celebrate the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada June 6-July 5 and cheer the United States on to a victory on July 5th. Check below to see how you can win tickets to see Saint Louis FC in action.

June 2015 – From St. Louis to the U.S. National Team

The Friday Vine June prize is… Two (2) three-game tickets packs to see Saint Louis FC in action at World Wide Technology Stadium. You’ll receive two tickets each to games on July 11 and 25 as well August 8 against FC Montreal. Here’s your chance to catch the excitement that St. Louis newest professional team provides on Marshall Wireless Field.

Each week, we’ll give you some clues and you which St. Louis soccer product we are talking about. Each of the three players we’ll be hinting at went from St. Louis to the U.S. National Team. We’ll pick the overall winner on June 26, 2015 from the correct answers submitted via the form below.

 

Day 4: Congratulations Bridget A.!


 

Day 3:

(Hint: Younger sister is also a Billiken)

 

Day 2:

(Hint: Loves Lyndsay Faye books)


 

Day 1:

Can You Guess The St. Louis Soccer Product? (Hint: Olympic Gold Medalist)

 

Here’s how to win: 1. Select Fridays of each month we will post #TheFridayVine video on our homepage. (You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get the clues). 2. To enter, you will need to watch the Vine video and put together the clues. 3. Enter to Win by completing the form below (only visible during contest times). 4. For each answer you get correct, you will be given an entry into the contest. 5. The winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced on the last Friday of each month. You can only enter once per Vine video. However, you can get an extra entry by sharing a tweet, presented to you after you complete the entry form. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to find out about next month’s #TheFridayVine giveaway, plus other great STL events and giveaways happening each month. Good Luck!

Friday Vine - June 2015

The Friday Vine for June 2015. Win tickets to see three Saint Louis FC games.

 

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Weekend Movie Guide: Ted 2, Max

 

Ted 2 and Max open this weekend.

Ted 2 and Max open in theaters this weekend.

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Recapping Last Weekend

Inside Out was destined to become the first Pixar film to miss debuting at #1 at the box office after Jurassic World‘s massive numbers at the box office. Jurassic followed up its record-breaking opening with $106.6 million in its second weekend, while Inside Out had its turn at blowing away expectations with a $90.4 million opening. Buoyed by those two films, the overall weekend box office again topped $200 million with $247.6 million.

Spy continued to do fairly well with $11.2 million in its third weekend of release. It’s $134.5 million worldwide take has already easily passed Melissa McCarthy’s last flick, Tammy. San Andreas finished fourth over the weekend with $8.7 million in its fourth weekend of release. The film festival darling Dope debuted at 2,002 theaters over the weekend with $6.1 million to round out the top five.

 

Ted 2

A.V. Club calls Ted 2 a “filthier but less charming” version of 2012’s Ted. Mark Wahlberg returns as Ted, the talking stuffed bear, has to prove he is human in the eyes of the law. It will be tough for this sequel to equal the numbers of the original. Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis (who doesn’t return) and Mark Wahlberg had a massive hit on their hands back in 2012 when Ted earned almost $550 million worldwide on a budget of just $50 million. No word on what the budget is for the sequel, but it is predicted to be more.

Variety is predicting a $50 million opening at the box office for Ted 2.  The film opens tomorrow at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

Max

While Max won’t have the huge numbers of a Jurassic World or Inside Out, it could very well be a sleeper hit for Warner Bros. Pictures. The company is heavily pushing the film with an estimated ad spend last week of $7.4 million.  Max follows a “precision-trained military dog” who loses his handler while helping U.S Marines in Afghanistan. Max is then adopted by the late handler’s family, particularly his younger brother. Director Boaz Yakin also directed Remember the Titans. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky over at A.V. Club was thoroughly confused by Max.

Dog breeders and other concerned parties have some advice for those going to see Max this weekend. Do your research before seeing the Belgian Malinois in the film and thinking you need one too. Deadline is predicting a $10 million opening for Max at the box office.

 

 

Catch It Before It’s Gone

Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Ex Machina and Tomorrowland this weekend. I’ve been told that Ex Machina is really good and I really enjoyed and recommend Tomorrowland.

Make It A Redbox Night

Redbox has a much of movies available that are worth watching right now. I still highly recommend The DUFF from last week, but this week features Survivor with Pierce Bronson, The Loft with James Marsen and The Forger with John Travolta.

 

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SYNEK Product Launch Tonight In St. Louis

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A bronze-plated SYNEK system from the SYNEK Facebook page.

It’s been a year and a half since Steve Young started a Kickstarter campaign to fund an idea he had for a tabletop draft beer dispenser, called SYNEK. The campaign went on to become the most successful St. Louis-based Kickstarter campaign ever, raising $648,535 from 2,191 backers.

What was Young’s reaction to having the most successful St. Louis Kickstarter? He had this to say in an interview with Ed Domain at Techli shortly after the launch:

“It really isn’t a competition; I am having a beer in 30 minutes with one of those other successful companies who helped us reach this point. I am just happy we beat the potato salad”

Tonight, that product touted in the Kickstarter project becomes an official reality with a product launch party in Soulard outside of 1860s Saloon.  Those in the area who pre-ordered a SYNEK will be able to pick theirs up, live entertainment will be provided by Miss Jubilee and those with tickets will enjoy unlimited beer pours from 14 different St. Louis-area craft breweries. The event runs from 5 pm – 9 pm and tickets for the SYNEK St. Louis Launch Party in Soulard are available for $15 plus fees.

Early last year, the SYNEK team put together a video touting its system and the access that it will give craft brewers to consumers.

 

The St. Louis event is the first stop in what the SYNEK team is calling The Great North American Expedition. The team chose around 30 of its biggest markets in the United States and Canada for tour stops. Overall, those stops will put them within an hours drive of 85% of those who pre-ordered systems, according to an update on their Kickstarter page.

What is the SYNEK? Think a Keurig for beer. Instead of inputting those little cups of coffee, you insert a pouch full of beer. The pouch isn’t your standard ziplock bag though, the SYNEK bags have three layers that work together to protect the beer. The system itself keeps the beer cool and the temperature can be fully adjusted by the user. A flow control tap and a refillable CO2 container work to give you the “perfect pour, every time“.

How do you get the beer in the pouch? Each pouch has a special connector that can be hooked up right to a tap of your favorite beer. The company touts the fact that any place that can fill a growler can fill one of their pouches. The company website also claims that owners of the SYNEK system will have access to 17,000+ brands from 1,200+breweries. Beer stored in the SYNEK pouches is said to stay fresh for more than 30 days after it’s poured from the original tap.

Here’s a video from Steve Young and SYNEK explaining the process.

 

Tickets for the St. Louis SYNEK Launch Party in Soulard tonight are $15 (plus fees). The event runs from 5 pm – 9 pm in front of 1860s Saloon. Aside from enjoying all-you-can-drink beer from 14 St. Louis breweries, attendees will also receive a commemorative cup, SYNEK swag and a “very bright wristband you can keep for a day”.

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Videos of the Wednesday: Disturbed, Pentatonix

Videos Of The Wednesday For June 24, 2015

Disturbed “The Vengeful One”

It’s been roughly four years since heavy metal fans have heard anything out of Distrurbed. Yesterday they released the video for the first single off their upcoming new album. “The Vengeful One” will be featured on Immortalized, out August 21.

7 Days In Hell Trailer

Andy Samberg and Kit Harrington star in 7 Days In Hell along with David Copperfield, Lena Dunham, Will Forte and others. Samberg plays the adopted brother of Serena and Venus Williams and tennis’s “resident bad boy”. His character takes on Harrington’s in a week-long tennis match. 7 Days in Hell premieres July 11 on HBO.

 

Miranda Lambert “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ Lyric Video

 

Trainwreck Trailer

Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and LeBron James

Judd Apatow’s latest creating is Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson and LeBron James. It hits theaters July 15.

Pentatonix: Evolution of Michael Jackson

 

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Billboard Top 5: Covered Kina Grannis & Clara C

Kina Grannis and Clara C cover Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood"

The Billboard Top 5: Covered June 16, 2015

Each Tuesday we compile our favorite covers of the top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is this week’s edition of The Billboard Top 5 : Covered featuring Olivia Thai & Anna Luxion, Kina Grannis & Clara C, Rita Ora, Jervy Hou & Dylan Dunlap and Elyar Fox. They cover the hottest songs in the country right now by the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, Fetty Wap, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo and Walk The Moon. This week also features an awesome heavy metal cover of “Kiss The Girl” from The Little Mermaid by PelleK.

These videos are all available in a video playlist powered by Huzzaz.

#1 “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Olivia Thai and Anna Luxion cover ‘See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

 #2 “Bad Blood” Taylor Swift

Kina Grannis & Clara C cover “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
 

#3 “Trap Queen” Fetty Wap

Rita Ora covers Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” on This Is Max TV
 

#4 “Shut Up And Dance” Walk The Moon

Jervy Hou and Dylan Dunlap cover “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon
 

#5 “Want To Want Me” Jason Derulo

Elyar Fox covers “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo
 

 

Bonus Cover

“Kiss The Girl” The Little Mermaid

PelleK covers “Kiss The Girl” from The Little Mermaid in a heavy metal style
 

See all of the videos featured in The Billboard Top 5: Covered in this playlist powered by Huzzaz.

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USWNT vs Colombia Tonight In Knockout Stage of Women’s World Cup

The 2015 U.S. Women's National Team ready to take on Colombia

U.S. Women’s National Team Set To Face Colombia Tonight

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their Knockout Stage game tonight at 7 pm CST against Colombia in Edmonton.  The game can be seen live on Fox Sports 1, which can be found on AT&T U-verse on channel 651, 38 on Charter, 150 on Dish Network or 219 on DirecTV.

Colombia shocked France in the Group Stage, although both teams eventually moved on. For some odd reason, the Colombian players, namely Yoreli Rincon and Lady Andrade, have been talking about the USWNT quite a bit in the days leading up to the match, saying the team has disrespected them. In the FIFA World Rankings leading into the World Cup, the American side was ranked second in the world behind Germany while the Colombia side was ranked 28th. The French side that Andrade scored the winning goal against was ranked third.

The last time the USWNT and Colombia met, Andrade didn’t take the verbal shots that she has been this year, but she did take quite the physical shot at Abby Wambach in that game during the 2012 Olympics. Look at that eye. Don’t think Wambach has forgotten. While no players have responded to Andrade’s comments, which included predicting a 2-1 Colombian win, analysts Alexi Lalas and Heather Mitts have responded.

For coach Jill Ellis and the USWNT, St. Louisan Becky Sauerbrunn has been exceptional in the World Cup. While the offense has not really been there for the Americans, Sauerbrunn has teamed with Julie Johnston to anchor the back line. (Hint: Becky Sauerbrunn is a St. Louis soccer product.) The fact that the USWNT includes two St. Louisans in Sauerbrunn and Lori Chalupny is likely a reason why St. Louis has been the top market in the country for the team’s matches during this World Cup. Becky and Lori are the latest in a long line of St. Louisans influencing the beautiful game. Both play in their club ball in the National Women’s Soccer League, the latest in a line of women’s professional leagues that started in St. Louis back in 1950.

The U.S. Women’s National Team of course has fans far and wide pulling for them outside of St. Louis. Actor Tom Hanks counts himself as a big fan and took to Twitter yesterday to voice his support for the entire roster.

Sauerbrunn’s cohort on the back line, Julie Johnston, is a native midfielder that earned her way into the starting 11 on the back line after some injuries.  She’s also apparently pretty adept at coloring between the lines in a coloring book. The game tonight will be the first game that Johnston’s boyfriend, Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, will be able to attend after finishing the team’s minicamp late last week.

Speaking of Chalupny, we haven’t seen her play a minute in this WWC. I am of the opinion that her play in the matches leading up to the tournament, including a goal against New Zealand at Busch Stadium, has earned her some playing time. There’s also that whole thing about U.S. Soccer keeping Chalupny away from the USWNT for five years.

The USWNT will wear their all-white home kits tonight in Edmonton. This is quite unfortunate. If you aren’t aware of the backstory on these horrible kits that Nike designed for the team, watch this video from Katie Nolan of Fox Sports 1.

 

Yes, U.S. Soccer let Nike put these women who work their asses off to play for their country in clown suits promoting Nike. If the team wore these for a friendly I wouldn’t like them but I wouldn’t be terribly mad. The fact that the powers that be are putting these women in these for the World Cup is disgraceful. Nike’s response to the criticism the kits got was even more ridiculous. The company’s representative has been drinking too much Kool-Aid if he really thinks that the players love these for any reason other than being told to. He also talks about how this “Volt Yellow” color Nike made up flows into the blue cleats that pay homage to the lakes of the host country. If Canada wants to pay homage to their lakes on their jerseys they can, but the U.S. jerseys should be all about the Red, White and Blue.

Tangent over.

Sorry about the detour. I just really had to get that off my chest.

While Jill Ellis hasn’t released her staring lineup for tonight’s game, Lauren Holiday has released what the USWNT will be listening to before the game. It reads a lot like the current Billboard Top 40 with hits like “Shut Up And Dance”, “See You Again”, “Honey, I’m Good” and more of the like.

Alex Morgan has been making progress in her full return from a knee injury that has hampered her since a couple of months prior to the start of the tournament. Morgan says she feels ready to play  a full 90 minutes against Colombia. Abby Wambach stated yesterday for the first time that this World Cup will definitely be her last. Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer, men’s or women’s with 183. Her 14 goals in Women’s World Cup competition rank second all-time behind Marta’s 15. You can bet that she would love to tie Marta tonight against Colombia. While Wambach has won two Olympic gold medals with the USWNT, she has never won the World Cup.

Three games remain in the Round of 16 phase of this year’s Women’s World Cup. Thus far there has been one major upset. Australia knocked off Marta and Brazil 1-0 yesterday with a goal in the 80th minute. Germany handled Sweden 4-1, China beat Cameroon 1-0, France beat South Korea 3-0 and the host nation Canada moved on with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.

The winner of tonight’s match will move on to face China in the Quarterfinals on Friday night. The most important moment in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team happened against China back in 1999. That moment was the last time the American women won the World Cup.

On July 5, they hope to hoist it again.

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Featured picture courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Apple Bows To Taylor Swift

The Monday Roundup for June 22, 2015

Apple Bows To Taylor Swift

Taylor-Swift

On Sunday, Taylor Swift wrote a post on her Tumblr blog about why she decided to hold back her latest album, 1989, from Apple’s new streaming music service, Apple Music. Her actions stemmed from news that Apple would be giving anyone who signed up a three-month free trial of the service during which the people who created the songs that got streamed wouldn’t be paid. This is the same Apple that has about $158 billion in cash stored offshore that they aren’t paying taxes on. Not even 24 hours after Taylor posted her essay, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services tweeted that the company has decided to pay artists during the free trial period.  This isn’t a matter of Taylor getting it wrong or anything. This is a matter of Apple seeing what Taylor Swift wrote, saying “Oh Shit” and agreeing to shell out a bunch more money to not only Taylor Swift, but also many other artists. Taylor Swift took on Apple with a blog post and won, all in a single day. Eddy Cue said he talked with CEO Tim Cook and they both decided to make the change. No word on what the rights holders will be paid. It won’t be what they will get paid after the users become paid subscribers but it will be something on a per-stream basis.

In honor of Taylor Swift and her never-ending awesomeness, here’s my favorite performance of hers of all-time. It’s of course her performance of “Should’ve Said No” from the 2009 ACM Awards.

 

Man Creates Awesome Timelapse Video Starring His Dogs

All of the best things in life come from Reddit or Taylor Swift. This comes from Reddit. A man filmed his golden retrievers, Colby and Blue, running into his kitchen to get fed. He did this from the time they were 11 weeks old until they were  just shy of a year old and cut the videos together for this awesome video.

 

John Oliver Takes On Online Harassment

Whatever John Oliver does over the weekend is a staple of The Monday Roundup. This  weekend it was online harassment. Oliver uses the recent GamerGate fiasco, “Revenge Porn” and other issues in calling out cowards that harass people, namely women, on the internet.

Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open As Dustin Johnson Falls

Jordan Spieth birdied the 18th hole at Chambers Bay last night to win the U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson, the fiance of Paulina Gretzky, had the tournament lead going into the final hole. He was in position to eagle the hole and win, but could have double-putted to force a playoff with Spieth. He instead three-putted to make Spieth the youngest Open champion since Booby Jones in 1923.

Spieth has become the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam. Spieth will attempt to win the 114th British Open at St. Andrews in mid-July. The fourth leg, the PGA Championship, will run from August 10-16th at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. No golfer has ever won the Grand Slam in a single year in modern golf. Bobby Jones won the four major tournaments at the time way back in 1930.

Jurassic World Wins Weekend Box Office, But Inside Out Blows Away Expectations

Jurassic World again reigned atop the weekend box office with $102 million in its second weekend of release. Inside Out became the first Pixar movie to ever fail to debut at the top spot. Don’t feel bad for Inside Out, though, because the whole “being number one is overrated“. With a $91 million debut, it became the second-largest debut ever for Pixar behind Toy Story 3‘s $110 million back in 2010. The film also holds the debut record for an original film, topping Avatar‘s $77 million in 2009.

Spy came in third over the weekend by adding another $10.5 million to its domestic haul. The film starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law and Rose Byrne has now brought in $74.4 million domestically and $130.8 million worldwide in three weeks of release.

I’ll have more on the weekend box office on Thursday in my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll also take a look at the film’s debuting this weekend; Ted 2, Max and Big Game.

Australia Knocks Brazil Out of Women’s World Cup

The first match of the day yesterday brought the first shocking result in the knockout stage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Australia. Kayah Simon of Australia put in a rebound off of an ugly play by Brazil’s keeper in the 80th minute and Australia held on to send Marta and Brazil packing. In the other games of the day, France beat South Korea 3-0 and host Canada beat Switzerland 1-0. France will face Germany in the Quarterfinals. Australia will play the winner of Japan-Netherlands and Canada will face the winner between Norway and England.

U.S. Women’s National Team Set To Face Colombia Tonight

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their Knockout Stage game tonight at 7 pm CST against Colombia in Edmonton.  Colombia shocked France in the Group Stage, although both teams eventually moved on. For more on the match, check out my match preview.

Daddy’s Home Trailer

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell star in Daddy’s Home, coming to movie theaters nationwide this Christmas.Here’s the first trailer that pits Biological Dad vs Step-Dad. Sounds like quite the wholesome topic for a Christmas Day release.

Twitter Tells Jack Dorsey That He Can’t Be CEO of Twitter And Square

I don’t understand the business world sometimes. Apparently the powers that be at Twitter have told Jack Dorsey that he can’t return as CEO there if he is still CEO at Square. Who the hell are these powers? Isn’t Jack Dorsey the power at Twitter? The board of directors sent a message to investors this morning that provided an update on the CEO search. Yeah, going public gives a company a bunch of money, but it also leads to stupid decisions like this. The Twitter board needs to get over itself and bring Jack Dorsey back as CEO.

First St. Louis Area Tim Hortons To Open Tuesday

The first Tim Hortons in the St. Louis area is scheduled to open tomorrow in Maplewood. It will be the first store in an agreement with Show Me Hospitality that calls for 40 stores in the St. Louis area by 2020. The Canadian chain is famous for its donuts and breakfast items but also features a hearty menu of sandwiches, wraps, soups and chili for later in the day. A representative of the company told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the St. Louis location’s menu will feature several sandwiches that the chain is testing but aren’t available yet in other places. Bring On The Timbits!

Cat Catches Ride On Glider

Word is everyone is safe, including this cat.

Hilary Clinton Coming To Florissant Tomorrow

Former Secretary of State, current U.S Presidential candidate and lover of private servers Hillary Clinton will speak tomorrow at King United Church in Florissant. According to The Guardian, she is expected to speak on youth employment.

Sure, go ahead and speak on that after you charged a Boys and Girls Club $200,000 to speak there. Oh, and there are apparently 200 more pages of emails about Benghazi that she didn’t turn over before when she was asked.

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STL Weekend Events: June 25-28

The St. Louis Weekend Events Guide for Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th, 2015.

carnival

Creve Coeur Days: The main event is the huge carnival midway with rides for all ages, food booths, game booths, and entertainment. The event, dating back to 1967, raises funds for area charities. Live entertainment includes: Boogie Chyld, Merle Scheff School of Dance, Babaloo Music and Fun, Hulapoppers, & Steve the Reptile Man. The 2015 Parade will be at 1pm on Sunday led by the 2015 Grand Marshall, Ben Fainer. Enjoy delicious fair food like funnel cakes, cotton candy, and kettle corn in addition to food trucks: Global Quesadilla, Destination Desserts, Ques Brothers, and Pyro Pizza.

Date: June 25-28
Time: Thurs: 6-10pm, Fri: 6-11pm, Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 12-6pm
Place: De Smet Jesuit High School – 233 N. New Ballas Rd

Faust Olden Days of Summer: Historical adventures for children. Activities include: blacksmith demos, hayrides, face painting, rides on the carousel, candle dipping, rope making, old time baseball, crosscut saw, and more. Tour the historic village school and houses. Admission is $10/child in advance or $15/child day of the event. Parent/Chaperon FREE with paid child (ages 2–12 yrs).

Date: June 26
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: Faust Park – 15185 Olive Blvd

Pride St. Louis: Live entertainment from local favorites including: That 80s Band, Gateway Men’s Chorus, Kim Massie, Dawn Weber, Bella & Lily, Lola Von Ella, and more. Plus national acts including: American Idol contestant David Hernandez, DEV, Leann Rimes, and more. New this year is the STL Brewfest on Friday night. Tickets are $29.99 and include samples of over 30 different offerings from the best craft and micro breweries in St. Louis including: Schlafly, 4 Hands, Civil Life, Urban Chestnut, Deschutes, Shock Top, Goose Island, Oculto, and for the ladies, Kinky Cocktails will also be at the BrewFest. There will be 10 area food trucks including: Cha Cha Chow, Guerilla Street Food, Smoke N’ Motion, Gioia’s Deli, Bombay Food Junkie, Brazil Express, and more. The night caps off with a rave and dance party in front of the main stage as a mainstream DJ drops the greatest tracks. The parade kicks off Sunday at noon along Market St. This is also the 25th Anniversary for Queen of Pride, 10th Anniversary for King of Pride, and the renewal of Mr. and Ms. Pride Pageants, plus military wreath laying ceremony, marriage and commitment ceremonies, and more.

Date: June 26-28
Time: Fri: 4:30-11:30pm, Sat: 11am-9:30pm, Sun: 11am-7:30pm
Place: Soldiers Memorial, downtown St. Louis

Cardinals vs Cubs: The St. Louis Cardinals play the (Boo!) Chicago Cubs this weekend at home. Saturday night is Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors! Two current Cardinals players will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 5:45-6:15. Two former Cardinals players will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7pm.

Date: June 26-28
Time: Fri: 5:15pm, Sat: 4:15pm, Sun: 5:15pm
Place: Busch Stadium

The Raminator in Ellisville: The Raminator, built by Hall Brothers Racing, is one of the most feared and iconic trucks in the Monster Truck Racing Circuit. Driven primarily by Mark Hall, the Raminator competes in the Monster Nationals, Monster Jam and special events throughout the year. Come out and meet the team at Royal Gate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Ellisville. Also enjoy free BBQ and special events and giveaways with Bo Matthew from 92.3 WIL. Bo and Bofoot will be onsite from 10am – noon. Stop on by to enjoy trucks, BBQ, music and giveaways.

Date: June 26 & 27
Time: Fri: 4-9pm, Sat: 8am-4pm
Place: Royal Gate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram – 15502 Manchester Rd

Ultra White Party: Bud Light Presents ULTRA
St. Louis’ the 9th annual Ultimate VIP White Party during Pride Weekend. This year’s event will be held outside in the Public Media Commons in Grand Center. ALIVE Magazine and Bud Light are proud to present the first ever ULTRA Pride Awards honoring three outstanding individuals in the categories of business, non-profit and personal achievement. Honorees will be recognized at an awards presentation to kick off the night, with cocktails, DJs and dancing to follow. VIP guests will enjoy an exclusive lounge courtesy of Wells Fargo Advisors including complimentary cocktails for the first hour. Enjoy music from DJ Jillian, DJ Sinamin, and DJ TrashTalk. Tickets are $25 for GA and $65 for VIP.

Date: June 27
Time: 7pm
Place: Grand Center – 3655 Olive

Chesterfield Jazz & Wine Fest: A showcase of the best in contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz. The Midwest’s finest outdoor jazz festival features Ptah Williams and Tracer, and chart-topping classical/jazz artists Bach to the Future, plus Feyza Eren feat. Steve Davis, Tony Viviano, and Bob Deboo. Enjoy a variety of wine and great food, and fireworks. Admission is free. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the second annual Chesterfield Wine and Jazz Festival.

Date: June 27
Time: 3-10:30pm
Place: Chesterfield Amphitheater – 631 Veterans Place Dr

Soulard Art in the Garden Tour: A tour of Soulard gardens. The tour feature nine stops including private gardens, a gallery of art created by the artists painting “Monet” style in our gardens, and the serene, secret garden of our own 9th St. Abbey. The tour benefits the Beautification Committee of the Soulard Restoration Group and goes from 9am – 3pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of tour. The tour will also feature music throughout and a private wine garden at the beautiful, award-winning Soulard Station. Tour kicks off at Mad Art Gallery.

Date: June 27
Time: 9am-3pm
Place: Mad Art Gallery – 2727 S 12th St

Fiesta In Florissant: A two-day celebration featuring non-stop entertainment with live Latino Bands and Folkloric dancers from various countries including Panama, Colombia and Mexico. Local and regional bands will take the stage this year including Los Desesperados Mexican Band, La Tremenda Rumba Salsa Band, Los Patrones de St. Louis and Crudos de Durango Mexican Band. Enjoy authentic foods such as tamales, tacos and empanadas plus margaritas and beer. Los Niños Kids Corner with piñatas and Dora the Explorer, pony rides, and inflatables will be fun for the kids. The Hispanic Heritage Fashion Show and Miss Chiquita Bonita will also be back this year. The Welcome Ceremony will begin on Saturday at 5pm with remarks from the City of Florissant’s Mayor, Thomas Schneider. New this year: Fiesta “Car Show” on Saturday at 12pm. Admission is free.

Date: June 27 & 28
Time: Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 11am-9pm
Place: Knights of Columbus Park – 50 St. Francois

Bridge Birthday Bash & Bicycle Ride: Celebrate the 86th Birthday of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge with a scenic, family-friendly ride and the Birthday Bash, where you’ll enjoy birthday cake, live music, beer, and food for purchase. In Partnership with The Cakery Bakery. Online price in advance: $8 members; $13 nonmembers. Registration on day of ride: 7:30 – 9:30am. Price: $10 members; $15 non-members

Date: June 28
Time: 7:30am
Place: Old Chain of Rocks Bridg
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Sunday Funday: Enjoy live entertainment, food, drink, and fun on a Sunday afternoon. DJ Mega will play as well as the band Hot Rod Moped between the 100-200 blocks of N. Main St. The theme for this months event is BBQ. Participating restaurants include: Bobby’s Place, Tony’s on Main Street, Coopers, Undertow, R.T. Weiler’s, Bombshell, Lloyd and Harry’s, and Uncle Joe’s. Purchase a wristband: $8 for adults and $4 for kids and get up to 8 food samples from the participating restaurants.

Date: June 28
Time: 1-6pm
Place: 100 N Main St, St. Charles

Saucy Soiree: The hottest foodie event of the year. The annual Readers’ Choice and Top Tastemakers party takes place in the beautifully renovated St. Louis Union Station Historic Mid-Way. Be the first to know and taste who you voted this year’s favorites in the St. Louis food scene. Mingle and taste goodies from dozens of top restaurants, wineries and breweries and groove to live music from Miss Jubilee and Dawn Weber and the Electofunk Assembly. Tickets are $35 online or $45 at the door and include complimentary tastings from 40 St. Louis-area establishments, a signature cocktail and special brew.

Date: June 28
Time: 5pm
Place: Union Station – 1820 Market St

Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour: Weird Al, along with his band of over three decades, has performed thousands of live rock and comedy multimedia shows throughout the world, and he’s back on the road promoting is 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun. The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past year, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”). Mandatory Fun debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. This is the first time that a comedy album has debuted at #1 on the chart in history, and the first time that a comedy album has reached the top of the chart in over 50 years. Al has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” This is a show you won’t want to miss.

Date: June 28
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Peabody Opera House

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Weekend Movie Guide: Inside Out, Dope

Inside Out from Pixar

Pixar’s Inside Out and the Sundance Film Festival hit Dope open in theaters this weekend.

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Recapping Last Weekend

As you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat expectations last weekend. Even in last week’s Weekend Movie Guide, predictions ranged from a $100-$125 million opening weekend. Those predictions seem absurdly low now that we know Jurassic World recorded the biggest opening of all time with $208.8 million domestically and around $511 million worldwide. The entire box office combined has made more than $200 million over the course of five weekends this year. Each of those weekend has been marked by the openings on “tentpole” movies Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper.

Spy made $15.6 million in its second weekend of release this past weekend and San Andreas made $10.8 million in its third. Insidious: Chapter 3 made $7.3 million in its second weekend of release and Pitch Perfect 2 made $6.4 million in its fifth.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is the latest in low-budget-tidy-profit horror movie trend. The film was made for $10 million has made $65.75 million worldwide in just 12 days of release.

Inside Out

Inside Out is the latest film out from Pixar. That should immediately tell you two things: 1) It will look really cool and 2) It will appeal to both kids and their parents. A.V. Club is one outlet that gives Inside Out a glowing review. The film’s premise, the main characters are emotions within the heads of a young girl and her parents, is definitely an interesting one. A. V Club calls it “maybe the most conceptually daring movie the Bay Area animation house has ever produced“.  Pete Docter, the director of Up, helms Inside Out as well. He and Jonas Rivera followed the mandate of “make a movie that you would want to see” while creating this film.

Even with good reviews calling it “Pixar perfection”, Inside Out is likely to be the first Pixar film not to open #1 at the box office. Blame Jurassic World, which is predicted to bring in $100 million.

 

Dope

While Inside Out is the blockbuster of the weekend, Dope is the under-the-radar film. Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm a geeky kid living in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He and his friends get invited to an underground party in Los Angeles and things go a bit off the rails. IMDb calls it “a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation.” The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. A.V. Club calls it “messy but energetic“. Zoë Kravitz and Forest Whitaker also star.

Catch It Before It’s Gone

Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Aloha, Poltergeist and Home this weekend.

Make It A Redbox Night

Among the new releases at Redbox this week that you’ve probably heard of are American Sniper, Chappie Black or White. Also among the new releases is a movie you probably haven’t heard of, Welcome to Me. Kristen Wiig stars as a somewhat socially awkward woman who wins $86 million playing the lottery. Reviews for the film have been mixed, ranging from “there’s very little in the way of character development” to “Wiig manages to make Alice funny as hell, endearing, sad and sometimes a little frightening”.

 

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